Today the Community of St. Mary of the Annunciation will receive the Solemn Profession of Br. Philip McKindley
The Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 48 pt. 2
Ora et Labora is the ancient Benedictine motto. "Pray and Work." Chapter 48 "On the Daily Manual Labor" is one reason why it seems appropriate to add "Study" to the motto's translation. Our Father Benedict clearly considers reading to be an essential component of the work a Benedictine is to do each day.
We see in this passage the creating of conditions by which ever further spiritual formation can take place throughout the year. And, as is needed, a support system is provided for those who may resist such ongoing formation. As Sr. Joan writes, "Study is hard work. It is so much easier to find something else to do in its place than to stay at the grind of it." Remaining open to the Spirit's creative energies within us through engagement with the wider world of ideas is a beautiful disposition of the Benedictine heart.